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Prevalence of conspiracy theories over time

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With COVID-19, Trump, 5G, etc there are scads of new conspiracy theories at the present time. Why? Yes, I understand it’s a stressful moment in history, however shouldn’t we be evolving out of belief in such things by now?

Perhaps it’s an increasing number of people hitting their natural limits of tanking things they don’t like. Perhaps there are environmental factors subtly affecting our body chemistry. Perhaps we need something to replace religion in answering the unanswerable. Perhaps in the last generation or so we’ve grown complacent enough that we’re no longer prioritising intelligence? Who knows. Pondering it can itself likely be seen as chasing a conspiracy 😛

Something to ponder.